Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very lightly hazy, dark golden-amber in hue. A small, bubbly head of off-white froth crowns the surface. Sudsy micro spots mostly rejoin the body, leaving little hard lace. The aroma shows a softly toasted malt base with notes of bretty oak, pine needles, dried wildflowers, and hints of cheesy funk. There’s a slightly peppery character that works well with the dry brett yeast. Flavors follow suit, soft caramel malt and toast balanced and enhanced by funky, old oak, zippy brett yeast, and peppery floral hops. The palate is on the drier side, smooth and quaffable despite the 7% ABV. Nice brew, very reminiscent of young Orval, only more floral. I’m excited to try more R&D offerings.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at lithy’s Septemberfest. Pours gold with tiny floaties and whitish head. The aroma is very herbal with lemongrass and strong lavender. The flavor is lemon, lavender, pepper, various floral notes, and a grassy finish. Pretty good stuff.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice bottle. Golden color with a small head. Aroma has a ton of brett barnyard funk and some tart and sweet fruit. Flavor has a touch of spice with great carbonation. Tons of funky brett and a hint of tartness. Some earth and grass and finishes nice and dry.
tgncc (2613) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Wild the Wild Beers Are 2009. The aroma is citrus and herbal hops, malts. The color is a nearly clear gold color, slight sentiment. the flavor is caramel malt, citrus. Stangely, I don’t notice the effect of Brett. The finish is citrus hops. Very nicely crafted beer, very enjoyable.
IrishBoy (3725) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle shared by Joey! Clear gold with a small off white head. Nose of guava flowers, hops, and caramel. Flavor is caramel, cloves, and lightly funky brett. Better than Orval!
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange, no head.. Weird aroma - woody, but also pactouli (sp) and lavendar and potpouri. Flavor is very dry and funky, with a lot of flowery notes and hins of wod and white wine. Very tasty. Sampled at lithy’s Septemberfest.
Theis (12528) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy golden - white head. Brett - lots of brett, toasted, honey, fruity, light body, crispy, light barnyard, sulfor, fart, a bit wierd.
JorisPPattyn (7677) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 Virtually no head, over cognac-golden beer. C-hops, very fresh grapefruit on toast. This is a beergeek breakfast for me. Sweet-hoppy flavour, preserved orangezeste, with hop flavouring. Pretty IPA-like, all the same. Medium bodied, slick, alcoholwarming. Special, might like to see more of R & D. But as to Belgian - mind you, I couldn’t really find the Bretts.
Second test, on special demand. Bottled 6-18-09
Huge, just-off white head, over bright orange-golden beer. 4/5 Very obvious Brett nose, like an Orval clone. Grapes, bit of the olives in Orval, but more pronounced spicy; watercolour paint, pigeon sh*t. 7/10 Sweet in the first instance, then reverting to bitter-(old) hoppy, with a short milky acidity in between. The finish is again bitter, spicy, olives, but also quite a bit of solvent. Bretts are abundant, where they were nearly absent in my first sample. 7/10 Creamy head, very dry beer, slick. 3/5 Maybe I was (too) warned, but I’m sure this would still have struck me as an attempt at an Orval clone otherwise too. Unfortunately, an attempt: I find it like an Orval cliché, with some Orval characteristics blown out of proportion. And above all, it lacks the proverbial Orval drinkability. Whatever, this is nearly a totally different beer from the first sample, all the IPA characteristics gone. And me, for one, I’m not sure I ought to be happy about that. Thanks to CK 14/20
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having tried this on a tired palate at the Great Taste of the Midwest I was fortunate enough to get a bottle due to noncaloric. I appreciate the effort as it was truly fantastic. I wish I had another bottle to age as I suspect this one will only get better over time.
Aroma / Appearance - Lazy carbonation was trapped in the golden body like a mosquito in amber. The thick white head trapped the aroma for a while before grudgingly letting go. When it did I picked up sourdough bread, barnyard, lemon, and citrus. A yeasty bite was icing on the cake.
Flavor / Palate - Light and citrusy the liquid flows across the tongue like nectar. The taste of orange marmalade lingers on the throat along with honey and yeast. The overall impression reminds me of lemon meringue pie that has been blended into a smoothie. Once again Dan Carey has nailed what he set out to do and it shows.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear gold with fizzy white head. Aroma of tart, farmhouse funk. Similar taste, very floral and tart. Dry finish. Very unique and enjoyable